It seems like most health experts are calling probiotics the panacea for every ailment, that miracle supplement that helps with just about everything.
And actually…it’s kind of true.
While nothing will magically “fix” everything, our gut bacteria are the first line of defense for many of our body systems. Therefore, they’re connected to a surprisingly high number of health concerns.
I believe the root of our health is our digestive system. It’s where the building blocks for every cell in our body are created by digesting and absorbing the nutrients in our food.
When our gut bacteria are in balance they play a huge role in helping us with our digestion.
They make some enzymes to digest our food—including lactase to digest milk—they produce some vitamins like K & B12, and they keep our digestive system in tiptop shape by healing our gut walls.
They also play an important role in our immune system. They deliver the messages “this is okay” and “this is a problem.” Our small intestine is the main entry into our body, and we need a guard system to make sure only nutrients are absorbed. No bad bacteria or viruses, please!
You may still be asking, “Do I really need a probiotic supplement?” Here are five signs you just might.
1. Digestive irregularity
Ninety percent of the bacteria in our body live in our colon, so it makes sense that they may influence our colon’s activity. In fact, half of our poop is made up of live and dead bacteria.
A good quality, human-strain probiotic can be effective at regulating our bowel moments and may even reduce other annoying symptoms like gas and bloating.
2. Your sugar cravings are out of control
Different types of bacteria enjoy different kinds of food. Some like long-chain fiber, like the ones found in fruits, veggies, and other plant-based food. Others love love love simple sugars like white sugar and refined flour.
What you crave can depend on what types of bacteria you’re hosting.
Your gut bacteria need to eat and they’re entirely dependent on what you choose to munch on to get their nourishment. So they’ve developed some very creative ways to get what they want.
This is mostly done for good and not evil. Your gut bacteria want to eat and keep you healthy, because you’re the only home they’ve got.
Through the vagus nerve that runs between the gut and the brain, our microbiome will ask for the food it needs to survive.
Some strains will ask for more of their food so they can starve out their competitors who might eat something different. Some will even hijack your taste buds so you develop a taste for their favorite foods.
You may have been manipulated into eating that cookie.
Our diet has changed a lot in the last few generations. Low fiber/high sugar foods are now abundant in our diet, and some of these bacteria have developed a sweet tooth of their own.
But all is not lost! Research has found that a dietary change can change our gut bacteria in as little as seven days!
3. Your metabolism is a bit slow
Research from the Washington University School of Medicine looked at the gut bacteria of 154 people and found an interesting connection. They found that those who had the smallest variety of bacteria were more likely to be obese.
Bringing back diversity in your gut is a simple, two-step process: reseed your gut with a good quality probiotic and feed it with a variety of plant-based fiber.
4. You’ve taken an antibiotic, even if it was a long time ago
Antibiotics can be a lifesaving measure, but not without consequences. As they kill off whatever nasty invading bacteria are wreaking havoc in your body, they’re also killing off a large population of the good bacteria in your gut.
Research has found that there may be a connection between a change in one’s gut bacteria and age-related inflammation, making repopulating your gut extra important.
5. You’ve got some skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, and itchy rashes
Your skin and gut may seem like distant body systems, but they’re actually highly linked.
Research has found that the quality of your digestive system can show up directly on your skin! Digestive disturbances have been linked to skin issues, and it’s our gut microbiome that balances our “gut-skin axis”. Clear glowing skin is just one more side effect of a lovely microbiome.
Without question, our gut bacteria play a very important role in our health. Make your gut happy with a combo of a great human-strain probiotic supplement and a fiber-rich diet. Your whole body will thank you!
Lisa Kilgour is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN), founder of LisaKilgour.com, and a faculty member at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.
During the month of April many new products become available to us – and you! We’ve been carefully sifting through the new products and we’re excited to bring some pretty spectacular products to you. Here’s a sneak peek:
New Roots Herbals – have a look through the vitamin section – we’ve brought literally dozens of new products in by this knowledgeable company. You’ll find them competitively priced; yet New Roots products are often the highest quality and highest potency on the shelf! Make sure you have a close look at these guys! Most of their products are on sale this month.
Sisu Children’s Line – we’ve brought is the hugely popular Sisu U-Cube Gummy MultiVitamins, Gummy Cal/Mag for Kids, & Gummy tart Vitamin C. Your kids are gonna love them – come in and ask for a sample.
Truly Turmeric – wild crafted whole root turmeric & black pepper paste. This paste is therapeutic grade turmeric with black pepper to enhance the healing properties of the turmeric. Blended in coconut oil with a twist of lime – we’re super excited about this one! (Find it next to the therapeutic coconut oils in the grocery section).
Denman Island Grizzly Bars – a tasty way to support our local rain forests this Easter Season. (We’ve got the bunnies too!) Take a picture with the bar for your chance to win a trip to Tofino! #GrizzlyBar
Better Than Pasta Konjac Noodles & Rice alternatives – High in fibre, low in carbs, these tasty noodle and rice alternatives keep you feeling satisfied while keeping your carb intake down.
Flora Health Teas – we’ve brought in several new medicinal teas by Flora Health. Make sure you stop by the tea section the next time you’re in the store.
Radico Organic Hair Dye – These all natural chemical free hair dyes are permanent and safe to use for the whole family. Give them a try and let us know what you think!
Genuine Health’s shelf stable probiotics – Our NEW advanced gut health probiotic contains 15 strains that mimic human gut flora in an allergen- and plastic-free delayed-release capsule to deliver our probiotics straight to your gut! We keep them in the fridge with the other probiotics.
3 Brains Formulas – for over all body health. These formulations take a holistic approach to brain health and are getting great feed back! Look for these great products through out our supplement section.
Nirvana Pies – Pot pies made with clean, scrumptious ingredients by a local family in Richmond. Foods that comfort the soul and brighten the spirit!
There’s so much more that hasn’t yet arrived – but will be here before the end of the month! Make sure to take some extra time this month to look at all the new stuff!
Digest-Force Activates Healthy Digestion!
Indigestion is a pain. Literally. More people suffer from chronic indigestion than from any other condition. Activate good digestion quickly with Digest-ForceTM Activated Coconut Charcoal & Ginger Root Extract, the newest member in Prairie Naturals Digestive Health product category.
What are the Ingredients in Digest-Force & What Do They Do?
Digest-Force combines the therapeutic power of activated charcoal from coconut husks with ginger root extract. Blending traditional practices with herbal medicine, this unique formula provides rapid relief from indigestion safely and effectively.
• Charcoal from Coconut Husks – It’s a fact that our planet’s original detoxifying agent is charcoal! Prairie Naturals coconut charcoal is “activated” through a carbonproducing process using high heat, pressure and steam. This process expands the therapeutic “adsorption” (suction) effect of charcoal by making it more porous and expanding its surface area. Prairie Naturals Digest-ForceTM formula with activated coconut charcoal has the distinct power to neutralize and eliminate various toxic substances (including allergens) by binding them unto itself and moving them safely out of the body. In fact, activated charcoal has proven so effective and safe that it is routinely used in hospitals as an antidote to drug and poison toxicity!
• Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale) Extract (10:1) – This traditional medicinal is revered as one of the world’s most ancient and effective digestive remedies. Extensive scientific analyses indicate that the primary active constituents (phytochemical terpenes gingerol and shogaol, along with oleoresin) aid & protect the digestive tract. The therapeutic use of ginger extract immediately reduces indigestion, gas, bloating and nausea.
10 Important Things You Need to Know About Digest-Force
- Digest-Force provides an adsorption function that has a detoxifying effect.
- Digest-Force combines activated coconut charcoal combined with ginger extract to rapidly alleviate the pain and discomfort of bloating and gas.
- Digest-Force neutralizes excessive stomach acid; relieves ulcers and acid reflux.
- Digest-Force remedies the discomfort caused by overeating and eating irritating, allergenic foods.
- Digest-Force is an integral part of every digestive health and detoxification program.
- Digest-Force quickly and safely alleviates symptoms of indigestion and intestinal distress.
- Digest-Force helps to heal intestinal inflammation.
- Digest-Force combats food poisoning, toxins and pollutants.
- Digest-Force reduces intestinal infections from viral, bacterial, yeast and mold sources.
- Digest-Force corrects many of the root causes of diarrhea effectively.
Infection Protection Starts in Your Mouth – Fill your Mouth with Friendly Bacteria! Introducing Canada’s 1st Probiotic Gum:
With just one piece of CulturedCare TM Probiotic Gum with BLIS K12 TM daily, we can populate our mouths with these infection-fighting probiotics that protect the throat, mouth, nose and ears.
About BLIS K12 – An advanced Oral Probiotic
BLIS K12 is a new, advanced probiotic discovered by Professor John Tagg from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Otago in New Zealand. BLIS stands for Bacteriocin-Like-Inhibitory-Substance and is the naturally occurring component of certain strains of micro-organisms (probiotics) which control undesirable and disease-causing bacteria. BLIS K12 is the special BLIS probiotic strain derived from the friendly bacteria Streptococcus salivarius. It has been shown to safely control the bacteria that frequently cause strep throat, earache, upper respiratory infections, sinus infections and halitosis (bad breath).
5 Good Reasons to Chew CulturedCare™ Probiotic Gum with BLIS K12™
- Provides Infection Protection
Contains a therapeutic dose of BLIS K12, oral probiotic bacteria that fight sore throats, earaches and upper respiratory infections.
Halitosis (bad breath) is often caused by unfriendly bacteria “off-gassing” in the mouth. CulturedCare Probiotic Gum with BLIS K12 stops the growth of these bacteria and recolonizes the mouth and oral cavity with friendly probiotic bacteria.
- Provides Optimal Probiotic Distribution
Chewing CulturedCare Probiotic Gum with BLIS K12 increases the probiotic bacteria release and activity time in the mouth, as compared to a chewable tablet for example, and provides more opportunity for colonization of the K12 bacteria.
CulturedCare Probiotic Gum with BLIS K12 is made with a superior gum-making technology. Through cold-pressed, direct compression, the active BLIS K12 probiotic remains alive, active and stable. No heat or moisture is used in the manufacture of BLIS K12 gum.
- No Sugar or Artificial Sweeteners – Sweetened with Xylitol
Xylitol is a plant-based natural sweetener that is safe for diabetics and has been shown to prevent tooth decay and gun disease. Hundreds of published studies found xylitol promotes oral health.
Probiotic Protection for the Whole Family – A Delicious Approach to Probiotics
CulturedCareTM Probiotic Gum with BLIS K12 TM is the first probiotic gum in Canada. Made in Canada using a unique cold-pressed technology, CulturedCareTM Probiotic Gum delivers a deliciously fresh and powerful dose of BLIS K12 TM patented probiotic. It is based upon years of research in the labs of Professor John Tagg, a scientist in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Professor Tagg’s research supports his premise that “infection protection starts in the mouth.” CulturedCareTM Probiotic Gum with BLIS K12 TM:
- Contains 500 million active bacteria at packaging
- Supports immunity and oral health
- Releases a daily therapeutic dose of BLIS K12 TM Streptococcus salivarius probiotic
- Controls and destroys bacteria that cause bad breath, sore throats, ear infections, sinus problems, and upper respiratory infections
Infection Protection Starts in Your Mouth – Fill your Mouth with Friendly Bacteria
Did you know that your mouth is home to billions of bacteria? Some of these bacteria are friendly, protective probiotic bacteria that act as our first line of defense against the unfriendly bacteria and viruses that enter through our mouths and noses. By chewing just one piece of CulturedCare TM Probiotic Gum with BLIS K12 TM daily, we can populate our mouths with these infection-fighting probiotics that protect the throat, mouth, nose and ears.
CulturedCareTM is a new division of Prairie Naturals and is dedicated to working with accomplished scientists in the field of probiotics to develop safe and efficacious products that promote overall health, provide infection protection, and enhance quality of life.
About Professor John Tagg’s Probiotic Discovery
After years of research, Professor John Tagg, a scientist in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Otago in New Zealand discovered BLIS K12 TM a probiotic that resides in the mouth and protects against infections in the throat, mouth, nose and ears. His discovery has led to the creation of CulturedCareTM Probiotic Gum with BLIS K12TM.
About CulturedCareTM Probiotic Gum with BLIS K12TM
CulturedCareTM One-a-Day Probiotic Gum with BLIS K12TM is the chewing gum tablet dosage form of a patented oral probiotic strain – Streptococcus salivarius K12 – that naturally produces Bacteriocin-Like Inhibitory Substances (BLIS). It is the first Probiotic Gum in Canada. It is also the first patented BLIS product in Canada.
2 Delicious Organic Flavours; Sugar-Free – Sweetened with Xylitol & Stevia Leaf Extract
CulturedCare TM Probiotic Gum contains absolutely no sugar or artificial sweeteners. Sweetened with xylitol and stevia leaf extract, CulturedCare TM Probiotic Gum is safe for diabetics and does not contribute to tooth decay. In fact, xylitol is shown to improve the health of teeth and gums. Our long-lasting, organic flavours are:
- Organic Spearmint-Peppermint
- Organic Raspberry-Pomegranate
Probiotics for Your Mouth
The word pro-biotic literally means “for life.” Probiotics are friendly, health-promoting bacteria that live virtually everywhere. They live in our soil, air, water and food. They even live in and on us, “colonizing” in various parts of the body including the mouth and intestinal tract. Restoring and keeping a healthy balance of friendly probiotic bacteria supports our natural immunity and resistance to disease-causing (pathogenic) bacteria. Probiotic supplements like lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus have been growing in popularity for promoting gut and digestive health.
About Oral Probiotics
There are many kinds of probiotics, each with their own specific place of origin and job to do. Oral probiotics are the friendly bacteria that live in a healthy mouth. Oral probiotics prevent the overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria and act as our first line of defense against infections that enter through the mouth . Various factors, including the use of antibiotics and medicated mouthwash can reduce or destroy important oral probiotics.
Based on more than 30 years of research by Professor John Tagg at the Department of Immunology and Microbiology, CulturedCare Probiotic Gum with BLIS K12 contains 20 mg and 500 million active bacteria at manufacturing. This is the exact amount of BLIS K12 recommended by Professor Tagg and his research.
The mouth is home to billions of bacteria – both good and bad. BLIS K12 is good oral probiotic bacteria that protects against infections where they most often enter the body – through the oral cavity (mouth).
- Good for ear, nose and throat health
CulturedCare Probiotic Gum with BLIS K12 promotes ear, nose and throat health. Professor Tagg’s research has shown BLIS K12 to especially protect against infections that cause sore throats, earache, upper respiratory distress.
Because BLIS K12 is an oral-cavity probiotic, it needs to be delivered in a format that has prolonged contact with the mouth, making a chewing gum the perfect delivery system.
In the worship of Demeter, goddess of the harvest, the ancient Greeks beheld the mysteries of life itself in the simplicity of the single grain of wheat. They understood the incredible potential of the tiny seed. In it lies the power to sustain, nourish and satisfy. In the germination and sprouting process is contained the vital energies which transform the seed into a tall strong plant which can ultimately reproduce itself many times over.
And so today we are rediscovering, in our own homes, these very mysteries. Sprouted seeds and legumes are being eaten and enjoyed in unprecedented quantities in the 21st century. Sprouting provides fresh salad ingredients any time of year and is a fun thing to do with even very young children.
Nutritionally, sprouted seeds contain vitamins, minerals, enzymes, oxygen and proteins in an absorbable forms, which the most sophisticated supplement pill could not rival. Starches become simple natural sugars, splitting long-chain amino acids and converting saturated fats into free fatty acids, providing more nutrients gram for gram than any other known natural food.
Sprouting easily satisfies the demands of 21st century sustainability – it’s cheap, it’s fast, it doesn’t take up much space and, hey, it’s even FUN – on top of being so completely good for you! Here are some tips to get you started.
Overnight: soak almonds, hazels, cashews, sunflower seeds, etc. Then drain & rinse. Store in the fridge in a sealed container for just a day or two. This is enough to improve digestibility and flavour; add them to salads or to cooked rice.
Sprout for 3-5 days: following a simple soaking and rinsing system, alfalfa seeds, lentils, beans, wheat germ, will produce succulent shoots, providing a little salad patch in the tiniest corner of your own kitchen.
After soaking seeds or grains to grow shoots, make sure to keep the water. It now contains enzymes, vitamins and minerals that can benefit your houseplants.
If you’re interested in starting your own kitchen garden we’ve got what you need to get started. BioSnacky produces a small
jar with a screw-on mesh lid and integral stand, so that you can easily drain off water. There is also a 3-tiered set of trays, which allows you to sprout several varieties of seed without any extra effort. BioSnacky also offers a nice selection of organic seeds for growing at home, and we’ve got other grains and seeds in the bulk section that are viable for sprouting too!
Come in and ask a customer service consultant for tips!
Article provided by A.Vogel
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